Submission To Search Engine — A Site Map For The Spider.

Submission To Search Engine — A Site Map For The Spider.

You can submit your site to the search engines in the normal way, that is, submit your domain name or URL. But another way is to present them with a sitemap file. This gives them a much more detailed overall view.

Building a site map page is a natural addition to any site. It especially helps in large, maybe not so well designed sites. This helps your users find exactly what they are looking for more easily. You can also present your site map to Google or Yahoo to help them spider your site. There are different formats that they accept, but you can use an xml file called sitemap.xml for Google and a text file called urllist.txt for Yahoo. There is also a verification course of action to make sure you are the owner of the particular site, or at the minimum that you have access to the great number server.

Google asks you to add a particular meta tag to the index page, or upload an html file they send you and store it in a particular directory. Yahoo sends you an html file to store in the root directory. The same place your index page would be. Both sites provide clear, detailed instructions, to help you build these files. If you make a mistake, they will show you in the management area, and ask you to fix the file and re-present it. Google offers webmasters a range of tools to help them with preparing and presenting sites to their engines. A great resource with plenty of helpful information. You can view the Google information here. Yahoo offers a similar solution, providing a list of helpful links to help you manage your site. You can view this page from Yahoo here.

Make sure your site is as complete as it can be before you bother to present it. As you make changes to your site, you can add the new information to the sitemap files and re-present them. The sitemaps, and the site itself will be verified and then re-spidered. There are sets around that offer to present your web page to many search engines. Some sites offer free search engine submission, often requiring you to place a link or banner back to a sponsor’s site in return for their service. Some site hosts will truly automate this service for you, only requiring that you first register for the service. This is great as you will always be up to date. There are some examples on this page at

Another reason to use these site maps is that some search engines find it difficult to follow links in menus generated by external files like javascript or css files. Presenting a site map which includes all of your pages makes sure they will be seen, no matter what code you have used to build your menus and links. It is also a good idea to place a standard static link to every page on your site at the bottom of your main page. This is called a TOC or Table of Contents. They are often just placed in rows in small font as they are really only intended for the search engine spiders. You will notice these often, usually at the bottom of a home page. It is only necessary to place this once on your site, and the home, or index page is the page found first.

produced by Mal Huddleston — Copyright 2007 Ecommerce Site Builder

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